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UEA highlighted in Industrial Strategy white paper

The University of East Anglia (UEA) features in the Government’s new Industrial Strategy for its ‘innovation excellence’ and close engagement with businesses in the region.

Released today, the report - ‘Building a Britain fit for the future’ - sets out the Government’s long term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK by boosting collaboration between industry, academia and civil society.

It outlines the vital role played by universities in creating world-class innovation clusters throughout the UK and cites Norwich Research Park as a prime example – describing it as a “world-renowned centre of agri-tech research and innovation with an annual research expenditure of over £230m”.

UEA Vice-Chancellor Prof David Richardson said: “UEA is proud of the collaborative networks it has helped to develop within the local area to boost regional investment and drive innovation into businesses. We put a great deal of emphasis on supporting local business, particularly innovative start-ups and SMEs, and are passionate about translating our cutting edge research into practical solutions in the real world.”

In October, UEA was part of a successful bid to the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s connecting capability fund. The Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC) – comprising the University of East Anglia, University of Essex and University of Kent – was awarded £4.7 million to establish a network that build collaborations with businesses. These new partnerships will allow access to new funding, training, networking opportunities, and collaborative working space.

Norwich Research Park brings together 3,000 scientists, researchers and clinicians in leading research institutions, UEA, John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute, The Sainsbury Laboratory, and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. There are also more than 80 research-based businesses.

Opening next year, The Quadram Institute, is a new multi-million pound food and health research and endoscopy centre, which will bring together teams from the Institute of Food Research, UEA and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.